Downsizing – Sold Some Guns

If you want to motivate yourself while getting ready to leave for a future in an RV, sell something!  It works for me. I sit around thinking about what stuff we must get rid of and it seems overwhelming. Then I finally get off the couch and get it done. Each time I sell something it feels like I accomplished something. It’s a little hard to explain the feeling. It’s kind of liberating to sell items off, especially the stuff we have not used for a long time. I got to tell ya, if you have years to wait in your own journey to going full-time, I’d sell something now just for the emotion of it.

I used to be a bird hunter so had the nice shotgun to go with that. I’ve had the need for various handguns I use when not at work (that’s seems like a strange comment when I read it again). They change the policy on weapon types and ammunition caliber we can carry when off-duty, so I had a couple guns laying around.  Sold it all!

I’ve been wanting to purchase a new Glock model 43 which is a single-stack 9mm. It’s on the “approved list” for off-duty carry. I told myself I’d not buy one until I sold off all the other guns. Ya, it’s adding back something to get rid of later, or not.  But waiting to buy the new gun motivated me to sell the others. And law enforcement gets a major discount using the blue label purchase program available from Glock. Thought I should take advantage of that while I can. I’m not wanting to start a thread covering if someone should have a gun when on the road in an RV. That’s a personal decision. I’ve heard some very good arguments that just having bear spray is enough. For you gun enthusiasts, I want to let you know I was leery about going to a 9mm because of the ballistic qualities. Our weapons people at work say the new ammunition is outstanding and I agree 9mm weapons are a easier to shoot because of reduced recoil. Area departments here are making major moves back to the 9mm from the 40 caliber. Enough of that.

In deciding to sell off my other guns, I investigated several paths. Selling them online, to friends or whatever. I’ve decided not to sell any handguns to private individuals and to just go through a gun dealer. Here in Missouri the gun laws, especially for selling them, are liberal. What I did was research the gun values online and went to a local reputable gun store that buys used guns. I figured they would ask what I wanted for them. I’d figured out what they might sell for if I sold to an individual. I gave the dealership a price equal to 2/3 of that price and they excepted the offer.  Off I went with my check and my new 9mm gun thrown into the deal.

On another subject, I’ve been working on a couple blog posts regarding truck options for Rams and Fords. Our purchase will come only after a few other items are first sold (there’s that motivation to get it done again). During my hunt for a truck I’ve made a few decisions on what optional equipment I’d like to get in a truck.  I’m still thinking about an article regarding clothing to have for full-time RV living. And I’d thought about a post on avoiding extreme weather situations. But most of that just got covered by the  Hebard’s Travels Blog. For all you current full-timers, I for one could use a little more advise for dealing with the dangers of extreme weather and certainly how to handle it if your stuck in it!  Perhaps that’s an idea for your own blog post!

16 thoughts on “Downsizing – Sold Some Guns

  1. Well, we try to avoid extreme weather! Like to think of it as the shorts/flip flop barometer! We do have some long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and one warm jacket, but that’s it. Don’t plan on being anywhere below 50 degrees!

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  2. What a coincidence! I just sold my AR to a friend… here in California. Yeah, it was a nightmare. The gun grabbers in Sacramento have been at it non stop. Every year they change the gun laws. The S&W M&P 15 I bought LEGALLY and registered just a few years ago was now considered an assault rifle! I had to make 3 mods to it before I could sell it!

    Can’t wait to make South Dakota my new domicile state. BTW, you can get a concealed carry permit there after 30 days of residency.

    Anyway, just thought I’d pass on the tip that if you live in a constitutionally unfriendly state like me and have an AR to sell that you’d better do your homework ahead of time.


    • FYI… we’ve been domiciled out of SD since 2009 and the gun dealers (at least in Rapid City and Sioux Falls) won’t sell us anything but ammo. They say the ATF has clamped down on domicile residents, and because we have a PMB (personal mailbox) address, they won’t sell to us. And we have three concealed carry permits from various states (some states permit nonresidents to get them, like Washington, Nevada, Florida…), so it’s not like we haven’t been through the FBI check at least a few times. Good luck to you, though — perhaps getting a concealed carry permit in SD will do the trick (we have’t done one because of timing to do the required NRA course, which we’ve done in another state).


      • Thanks for the info, Ellen! This is all new to us so any feedback on SD and full timing we can get the better. I have a .40 cal that I’m keeping. It’s registered in CA. Would I need to register it again in SD when we set up our domicile there?
        When you said the SD dealers wouldn’t sell you anything, did you mean handguns or long guns too?

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      • Come to Missouri. You can guy whatever you want at a gun show 🙂

        Fortunately I’ll qualify for the retired law enforcement rules which is nationwide carry. But have to qualify with the weapon annually using a law enforcement approved course. Friends that retired went ahead and got their local concealed carry also. I’ll have to check the rules by state. I get a discounted concealed carry in Missouri ($30) rather than ($100) but assume whatever state we move to I’ll have to try and get a permit there. Actually in Missouri concealed carry permits are not required. Folks just get them for times when they travel to other states. You can also carry a loaded gun in your car and use deadly force if someone tries to commit a violent felony on you. If the shooting is justified however, it might take the cops several months to clear you on the shooting.

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    • When I sold my guns the owner of the shop asked if I wanted to buy an AR15, stating I better get it while I can. She did not expand upon what she meant. Maybe they are figuring there are restrictions on the way for assault rifles.

      The only change I would support for gun laws is to allow judges to take guns away from people that should not have them through a court order, followed by a hearing. Judge can put them in prison for life but not take their guns? Makes no since. And even the 4th amendment has a clause that allows for Search Warrants to be served on peoples homes and property.

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  3. With us traveling in shoulder seasons, we tend to carry almost all types of clothes, Mark. Nothing for snow, but we are prepared for (and use) anything else. My cousin’s husband has a great saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather…only poor gear choices.” I guess it all depends on where you plan to travel…although we needed warn clothes in Florida this past wacky winter. Also, you may need to fly somewhere for a funeral or wedding on occasion, so keep clothes for that….plus luggage to haul it in. You can simulate how much space your clothing choices will take up by using your current closets. Take a tape measure and record the spaces in the rigs you are looking at and plan accordingly.

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  4. We keep a suitcase in our belly with snow gear. In five years of full-timing we’ve never used, but on our 4 month excursion before going full-time, we encountered a snow storm in Tucson … yes, Tucson, and I could’ve used the gear, which we didn’t carry on that trip. Karma! 😉


    • Ingrid, what got me thinking about the topic of clothing was reading a friend’s blog and seeing what they were doing for laundry. They tend to wear jeans a lot which might be one reason they have so much laundry. Certain clothing might be better suited for the lifestyle and that clothing might not be the same stuff we were used to wearing? Karen shops at thrift stores at times and to a degree there is usable clothing there. Personally, I like to be a little more selective in camping attire, at least for paints and shorts. Guess we will start with what we have and replace whatever makes since.

      Still thinking about when I replace my shoes if I want to go with something waterproof. Or I might just buy two pair, one that is not waterproof, because it’s best not to wear the same pair daily. Mix in some sandals or whatever.

      I dress for cold in layers now rather than just using a big coat. Typically I’ll use a fleece under something waterproof. Gloves and a hat.

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  5. We recently had 8 inches of snow near the Grand Canyon during our stay there. Once it cleared up, there were 4 inches that fell behind it. It’s a different world in an RV, but taking precautions and being prepared always helps with extreme conditions. Currently, we are in Arizona where it’s 37 with 30 MPH sustained winds with 60 MPH wind gusts–we debated leaving before it hit, but it’s going in the same direction we are. We recently spend a couple evenings with John and Laura–they left Vegas early to avoid the high winds and we stayed and hunkered down with no issues (we weren’t on the bluff, though, but tucked in a safer area boondocking). Preparation is the key–and knowing what to do in certain conditions before it happens (Mike is a researcher and meticulous about safety and preparation–he should do a video on what all he did). I love that getting rid of things is a form of motivation. It was for us, too. Mike kept his Glock and we have a couple guns (which are family heirlooms) in storage with the rest of our family keepsakes. The next few months are going to go by very slow in terms of waiting for the day to come and very, very fast in terms of getting rid of things so you can hit the road. I dreaded that time, but look back on it now and realize it was part of the process. Keep on keeping on!


    • I read your blog at the Grand Canyon. I was telling Karen I could also see becoming emotional about it. Something that awesome has to be a miracle to see. Can’t wait.

      Do you think your Class A might be a little more stable in high winds than a 5th wheel? I’ve been doing some reading about high winds, such as some put their slides in at times, or point the noise a the wind, parking their truck between the wind and trailer. Lots to learn.

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      • I asked Mike, and he said that going down the road in a fifth wheel has the advantage because you can’t feel the wind coming at you as much as you do in a motorhome. Parked, the motorhome has the advantage because of the weight. With the high winds we are getting right now, we’ve pulled our slides in (mainly so the slide toppers don’t get ripped off). That would also be recommended in a fifth wheel, too. We’ve had a large fifth wheel and a motorhome, and there are advantages to both. We were going to be going through Kansas City in a few weeks, but we changed our course and are going I40 so we can stop in Springfield to see Dani. I was sorry we changed courses, because I was hoping to reach out and see if we could meet you guys. Mike could talk about the safety measures for both all day–I’m not that knowledgeable since I don’t drive the motorhome and definitely not the truck when it was pulling the fifth wheel.


      • Thanks for the follow up comments Dawn.

        Awe, to bad your missing Kansas City. No worries. We will see you on the road soon enough. I’ll make sure to watch for the campground you are staying at in Springfield. I have family down there and never know where I’ll be.

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  6. Great post! We travel with a variety of clothes and haven’t been stuck unprepared. A winter coat in tucked in a corner someplace has come in handy, but mostly we have clothes that can be layered. What I wouldn’t do without are a couple of basic tees, long-sleeved nylon shirts, jeans, shorts, hiking shoes, and the all-important raincoat!

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  7. Our winter coats from VT were layered Columbia ones which we kept, we now use the layers separately but have the option if needed. I’ve made use of gloves because once in awhile it gets cold in TX, and it’s cold in Durango where we currently are. Got rid of the snow boots but have a couple of pairs of good water proof hiking boots. For the most part though it’s layering when needed.

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